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Left: Sebastian
is a frustrated
jazz pianist.
Below: Gaffer
Brad Hazen
adjusts the
light on
Gosling.

Sandgren says. "We also both loved Los
Angeles' grittiness. Lincoln Boulevard
might be considered ugly, but we love its
telephone poles at magic hour." He adds
that production designer David Wasco,
whose L.A. projects include Pulp
Fiction, "shared his great knowledge of
the city of Los Angeles, and presented
his brilliant designs and visions for the
sets with great passion, and we had a
very tight collaboration on the colors of
the film."
The filmmakers made a
concerted effort to shoot just before or
after sunset for many exterior shots,
such as when Sebastian, high on new
love, walks alone on a pier; when the
couple strolls together across a bridge;
and when they dance in the hills overlooking the city.
The latter sequence was captured
in a single take at a location that
Sandgren recalls finding on a first scout.
"Having rehearsed and [blocked] the
choreography of the dance and camera
on the lot, we were now facing the reality," the cinematographer says. "With a
300-foot [cliff ] on one side of the road
and a U-turn behind us, it seemed
impossible to light at first sight and -
being on a slope - very complicated to
shoot. On top of this, it had to be shot

in one single six-minute take at magic
hour. In that moment it was quite a bit
of stress, but [ultimately] I think that is
part of the beauty of filmmaking - to
reach these obstacles, lay them out as
puzzles, and try to figure them out."
Chief lighting technician Brad
Hazen, who has worked with Sandgren
on commercials, "found a way to
squeeze two condors along the slope
just inches outside of frame left and
frame right, and rigged them with LED
lights," Sandgren says. Down the hill
for the beginning of the shot, they
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placed a 90K Bebee light, which features
15 6K HMIs mounted on a 117'-130'
boom-arm track. The production
rehearsed the 27-mark crane move for
the entire day, and shot five takes
between 7 and 7:45 p.m. in order to get
two takes with good magic-hour sky.
They then returned the following day to
shoot again during the same time period
for a second set of takes.
The crew carried two cameras.
Ari Robbins, another commercial
collaborator of Sandgren's, operated the
A camera and Steadicam, while the
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